Paul Constant Is Reading and Writing in Seattle

By Paul Constant

Once a month, I send a free email with pieces that I've written, books that I've read, and stuff that I've seen and thought about.

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#21・

Edgar Allan Poe Vs. The Internet

Speaking of stories I'm proud of, I published a piece in the Seattle Times about walking around Lake Washington in a single day. At least once a year, usually around the solstice, I try to schedule a walk that goes from sunrise to sunset—and in the Pacific No…

 
#20・

Not a great month for literature.

This kind of feels like cheating, but I pre-scheduled this month's newsletter. Assuming all went well, by the time you read this I should be on my way back from a vacation on the Washington coast—away from work and the news and, perhaps most importantly, the …

 
#19・

If you can't take the heat, stay off the increasingly warming planet

In the Seattle Times this month, I profiled Mercer Island's own Island Books, a (surprisingly large) neighborhood bookstore that's been a community lynchpin for nearly 50 years. This store has some of the best booksellers in the Pacific Northwest, and my only…

#18・

Averse to the metaverse, inverse of the multiverse

Any month in which you get a chance to interview Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a good one, right? Talking to Dr. Kendi was an honor. I'm always a little blown away when I meet someone who speaks in complete, perfect sentences and paragraphs. Part of that skill, of co…

 
#17・

A Short Walk to Nowhere in Particular

I loved talking to Tacoma author Peter Bacho about his memoir Uncle Rico's Encore for The Seattle Times. Bacho grew up in Seattle and his book is all about his experiences with the local Filipino community—their labor victories, their efforts to change the ci…

 
#16・

That Stench of Musk in the Air

At the Seattle Times, I interviewed Neil Gaiman in advance of his reading at Benaroya Hall this Sunday night. It was a great conversation, and he was, as always, impossibly charming. (As a bonus, I'm including some outtakes from that conversation at the end o…

#15・

Five words that do not appear in this email: Rock, Slap, Smith, Oscars, and Celebs

At the Seattle Times, I wrote about Ballard's Secret Garden Books, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Secret Garden began as a children's-only bookstore—it hosted a reading with Madeleine L'Engle!—but now it's a fine general-interest booksto…

#14・

No More President's Day for Me, Thanks!

I wrote about Seattle's (current) newest bookstore, The Wise Owl Books & Music, for the Seattle Times. It's a small space in the Tangletown neighborhood, and it was born from a mother's secret wish. When Christina Gilbreath's mother passed away a few year…

 
#13・

First They Came for Maus...

I'm pretty happy with how my Seattle Times profile of Phinney Books came out, and it seems to have gotten a fair amount of attention. Phinney Books and its sister store Madison Books are, in my opinion, the best bookstores for browsing in Seattle right now, b…

 
#12・

A List of Lists

For Business Insider, I wrote about how large financial institutions prey upon their poorest customers to the tune of billions of dollars a year with overdraft fees. I also wrote about how the economic security that used to belong to the American middle class…

#11・

Are We Ready for The Great Letdown?

In an episode of Pitchfork Economics earlier this month, my coworker Goldy and I interviewed superstar journalist Sam Quinones about his new book on the synthetic opioid crisis, The Least of Us. Quinones was among the first to sound the alarm on America's opi…

 
#10・

Fear and Loathing in Pumpkin Spice Season

If you're reading this on the afternoon of Friday, October 29th, I'm interviewing Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug tonight at 6 pm for Elliott Bay Book Company about their illustrated adaptation of Snyder's Trump-era bestseller, On Tyranny.Snelson artist Fred Har…

 
#9・

Art Makes Our Cities, So Our Cities Had Better Keep Making Art

Holy cow—I'm doing two virtual events in October? I hope I don't sprain anything.First up, comics journalist Dan Campos asked me to take part in a virtual panel on October 12th to discuss whether the current ongoing apocalypse will change the way we read and …

 
#8・

Paul Constant Is Reading and Writing in Seattle - Issue #8

I was honored to be the subject of comics journalist Katie Liggera's first interview. She's got a boundless enthusiasm for comics and is at the beginning of what I hope will be a long career. The interview, which was published at Comic Book Yeti, is a wide-ra…

 
#7・

Karaoke, Interrupted

I recorded an interview with the good folks at the WMQ&A podcast about my comic, Snelson: Comedy Is Dying. We talked a lot about stand-up, and the myth of cancellation, and how awesome comics are. It was a super-fun conversation—although for some reason I…

 
#6・

And I Would Walk 44 Miles, and I Could Not Walk 44 More

For Crosscut, I wrote about We Hereby Refuse, a fantastic new comic book documenting Japanese American resistance to the internment. It's a Seattle joint, through-and-through—published by Chin Music Press in the heart of the Pike Place Market; researched, wri…

 
#5・

There's no "i" in "Comics." (Well, technically there is, but not in a metaphorical sense.)

With all that said, there's no easy way to segue into an overview of what I've been writing this month. For Crosscut, I wrote about one of my favorite Seattle institutions, the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival. The 10th annual Short Run has been delayed tw…

 
#4・

Between Two Moderna Shots

I'm thrilled to announce that at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 4th, I'll be interviewing Professor Robert Reich as part of the online Crosscut Fest. Reich is one of the best economic communicators in the world, and we're going to be discussing Bidenomics as a possible…

 
#3・

Who's getting hosed?

I haven't been doing many personal appearances lately. That cold streak ends this Saturday, March 27th, when you can catch me as part of an AHOY Comics panel at WonderCon, which is happening virtually over the weekend. The panel begins at 1 pm EST, and I'll b…

 
#2・

February: Sometimes I Order Packages Just to Remind Myself That I'm Alive

In the Seattle Times this month, I wrote about LEMS Cultural Center and Bookstore for Life Enrichment, a new incarnation of Seattle's longest-running Black-owned bookshop. The store is in its early stages of rebuilding, but I have high hopes that it will come…